We’re deep into the season of long nights and low temperatures but the Oliver Community League continues to bring warmth to our neighbourhood. As always, the OCL will be hosting inclusive events and programs, advocating for safe spaces that enable connection, and opening doors throughout Oliver.
In the fall issue we shared that we’ve been working diligently to bring programs and events to Oliver that will serve our diverse community members, and this momentum continues to build. On Saturday, Sept. 19, we hosted outdoor games, a barbecue and beer garden in Oliver Park as part of the Edmonton-wide Community League Day event. The OCL also participated in the 124 Street Business Association All Is Bright Festival in November, a special event that grows every year and highlights a great area in our neighbourhood and city.
The walking pub crawls around Oliver returned in September to great fanfare, and we were happy to see both new and familiar faces join us. See our events listing for details on future crawls and events, and come to meet your neighbours.
In August, we tested a new event—a potluck at the hall that invited community members to bring a favourite dish. We had a fantastic turnout and folks have been asking for another. So we are hosting a holiday potluck on Dec. 5. Because sharing a meal together is an immemorial way to also share stories, recipes, cultures and create community.
After 11 years of concerted efforts by dedicated OCL volunteers, the Kitchener Park redevelopment concluded with the completion of the playground this fall. The Abundant Communities Initiative continues to host biweekly hot chocolate socials in Kitchener, drawing us out on cold winter nights to enjoy the company of neighbours and friends around a campfire.
As highlighted in last issue’s feature, Jasper Ave. revitalization is a key advocacy issue for the OCL, and we hope that you’re involved in the City of Edmonton’s engagement process underway this winter. The OCL is also working with interested individuals to find another space for a community garden, ideally in the Grandin area.
If you live within our new Abundant Communities Initiative area centred around Oliver Park, please open your door to our Neighbourhood Connector Angelika Matson. We’re also opening the door for you to discover the history of our neighbourhood—Oliver history books are on sale for $10.
Please reach out to us if you’d like to know more about anything we’re doing. We hope you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!
OCL board of directors: Lisa Brown (President); Danny Hoyt (VP); Simon Yackuli (Secretary); Leah Hilsenteger (Treasurer); Curtis Boehm;Jarrett Campbell; James Eastham; Justin Keats; Luwam Kiflemariam; Rowan Kunitz; Dustin Martin; Marija Petrovic; Erin Wright; Hossein Zahiri.